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Israel And The Remnant

(Ancient And Modern)


(Second Edition)
By:
Elder C. A. Andersen
Issued by the
S. D. Adventist Remnant Church
of the
Primitive Principles of the Advent
Movement of 1844
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Contents
Chapter I

If ancient Israel had been faithful to the Lord, Jerusalem would have stood forever. Likewise if
modern Israel had been faithful to the Lord it would have been the last church on earth.

Chapter I I

God will deal with modern Israel just as He dealt with ancient Israel, because we as a people
have departed from God the same as they did.

Chapter III

God called out a remnant from ancient Israel to complete the work that He designed should be
done. Likewise also He is calling out of modern Israel a remnant to do work that He designed
shall be done.

Chapter IV

What is righteousness by faith or the message of the remnant?

Chapter V

Who only will be saved?

Compendium

The object of this little book is to point out the danger you are in when you are following men in
place of following Christ. And as ancient Israel as a nation rejected Christ, so modern Israel as a
denomination has and will reject the Gospel. They as a nation did not accept Christ neither have
we as a denomination accepted the Gospel.

Salvation was offered to them in a form of new truth. So also salvation is offered to modern
Israel in a form of new truth. The ultimatum to ancient Israel was, accept new truth (Gospel) and
live, or remain where you are and be lost. The ultimatum to modern Israel is the same: Accept or
acquire new truth and live, or remain as you are and be lost. The common people of ancient
Israel could not receive much help from their own spiritual leaders in finding new truth. So also
now, the common people of modern Israel will not receive the saving truth from their leaders. In
order to be saved, they must study for themselves. The same spiritual condition that existed in
ancient Israel when their probation closed, will also exist in modern Israel when probation
closes. The last message to be preached is "the message of Christ's righteousness." Vol. 6, page
19.

When people receive that message the power of the devil is broken. Righteousness by faith is an
experience that God graciously bestows on those alone, who like the disciples of old accepted
new truth; the only true and complete Gospel. Preaching the truth in our day will consequently
have the same effect on modern Israel as the truth in the days of Christ had upon ancient Israel.

Key
(Books referred to)

C.O.L . > Christ Object Lessons

C.O.R . > Christ Our Righteousness

(Quotations from the Spirit of Prophecy)

D.A . > Desire of Ages

E.W . > Early Writings

G.C. > Great Controversy

G.C.B. > General Conference Bulletin

G.W. > Gospel Workers

M.G. > Testimonies to Ministers and Gospel Workers

P.P > Patriarchs and Prophets

P.K > Prophets and Kings

R.H > Review and Herald

This book is written especially for those who are at ease in Zion "Which say to the seers, see not;
and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy
deceits." Amos 6:1 Isaiah 30:10

Israel and it's Remnant Ancient and Modern


"Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved."
Romans 9:27. This was indeed true of ancient Israel and it will also be true of modern Israel,
because the Lord says, "You are following away from your holy calling as God's peculiar
people." Volume 5:75-76. Israel was God's chosen people: "And ye shall be unto Me a kingdom
of priests and an holy nation." "Ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto Me above all people."
Exodus 19:6,5. Israel was to be God's special favorite people, not for a few days or years, but
forever and ever. The Lord did say, "If ye can break My covenant of the day, and My covenant
of the night, and that there shall not be a day and night in their season: Then may also My
covenant be broken with David, My servant, that he should not have a son to reign upon his
throne; and with the Levites the priests, My ministers." Jeremiah 33:20-21.

God did not cast away His people, see Romans 11:1. They, all but a remnant, rejected their Lord.
And the sacred oracles including the "adoption, and glory, and the covenants (or testaments), and
the giving of the law, and the service of God and the promises," Romans 9:4 all followed the
remnant. All the promises of God given to Israel were lost, and Israel itself was no more God's
church. The word of God, the sacred oracles, the right to represent God on earth was taken from
Israel and given to the apostles, the remnant of Israel.

God had not cast away His people, but He had chosen a remnant of elect from among them, and
the rest were blinded, Romans 11:5-7. He cleansed His church by reorganizing it. He will do the
same thing today, in the same way, and for the same reason: because we as a people are
departing from God in the same way as they did, Volume 5:75-76, Isaiah 8:16.

"Since the time of the Minneapolis meeting, I have seen the state of the Laodiceans church as
never before. . . Like the Jews, many have closed their eyes lest they should see." Review and
Herold August

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26, 1890. "The desolation of Jerusalem stands as a solemn warning before the eyes of modern
Israel. Volume 4:167.

If ancient Israel had been faithful to God, Jerusalem would have stood forever. Likewise also
now, if God's people modern Israel, had been faithful, their church would have been the last
church the remnant church, because before the year 1900 the people of God would have been in
heaven: "Had the purpose of God been carried out by His people in giving to the world the
message of mercy, Christ would, ere this, have come to the earth, and the saints would have
received their welcome into the city of God." Volume 6:450:1, published in the year 1900. Had
the purpose of God been carried out, there would have been no remnant either of ancient Israel
or of modern Israel. We can see by faith what could have been, but we must face the reality that
is, that Israel, ancient and modern, had departed from God. "There is an astonishing backsliding
with God's people, to whom had been intrusted sacred, holy truth." Testimonies to Ministers 450.

The cable between us and God has been severed: "The facts concerning the real condition of the
professed people of God, speak more loudly than their profession, and make it evident that some
power has cut the cable that anchored them to the Eternal Rock, and that they are drifting away
to sea, without chart or compass." -- C.O.R (Old Edition) Page 50 and 51, (new edition) page 36.

Chapter II

God's Dealings With Israel, Ancient and


Modern
God will deal with modern Israel like He dealt with ancient Israel because we as a people have
departed from God the same as they did.
In giving the following comparison, I do not, with this, intend to prove that we are following
ancient Israel to destruction. The word of God tells what our end will be if we follow Israel in

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place of our Savior. That should be sufficient and final. But in giving the comparison I hope and
pray that someone who is ignorantly placing man where God ought to be, will wake up and seek
righteousness before the door of mercy is closed.

Ancient Israel: "The kingdom of God shall be taken from you and given to a nation bringing
forth the fruits thereof." Matthew 21:43.

Modern Israel: "He will take His Holy spirit from the church and will give it to others who will
appreciate it." Mrs. E.G.White in Review and Herald July 16, 1895.

A.I.: They rejected Christ.

M.I.: We rejected Gospel. T.M. 467, 468. "There has been a departure of God among us, and the
zealous work of repentance and return to our first love essential to restoration to God and
regeneration of heart has not yet been done . . The religion of many among us will be the religion
of apostate Israel, because they love their own way, and forsake the way of the Lord. The true
religion, the only religion of the Bible, that teaches forgiveness only through merits of a crucified
and risen Savior, that advocates righteousness by faith of the Son of God, has been slighted,
spoken against, ridiculed, and rejected."

A.I.: Some of the Jews rejected the Holy Spirit.

M.I.: "Some have treated the Spirit as an unwelcome guest, refusing to receive the rich gift,
refusing to acknowledge it, turning from it and condemning it as fanaticism." T.M. 64:1.

A.I.: "And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if
the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been down in Sodom, it would have
remained until this day." Matthew 11:23.

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M.I.: "And thou Capernaum, Seventh-day Adventists, who have had great light, which art
exalted unto heaven in point of privilege, shall be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works
which have been done in thee had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day."
E. G. White in Review and Herald August 1, 1893.

A.I.: Christ warned His disciples against certain class of people. Matthew 16:6,12

M.I.: We have received a similar warning:

"We must not trust to others to search the Scriptures for us. Some of our leading brethren have
frequently taken their position on the wrong side; and if God would send a message and wait for
these older brethren to open the way for its advancement, it would never reach the people."
Gospel Workers 303:3.
A.I.: "The people gave credence to what the priests and Pharisees taught in place of seeking to
understand the Word of God for themselves." Desire of Ages 489:4

M.I.: "But God is greatly dishonored when men are placed in position where God should be." T.
M. 326:2.

"There are strange principles being established in regard to the control of the minds and works of
men, by human judges, as though these finite men were Gods." T.M. 384:3.

"They exalt themselves as men of superior judgment, and they have stood as representatives of
God. These are false gods." T.M. 364:1

"To place man where God should be placed does not honor or glorify God. Is the president of the
General Conference to be the god of the people?" T.M. 375:2. "Beware how you place men
where God should be." T.M. 3

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"We are warned not to trust in man, nor to make flesh our arm." T.M. 494:2.

A.I.: The religious leaders of Ancient Israel were self-righteous: "The greatest deception of the
human mind in Christ's day was, that a mere assent to the truth constitutes righteousness. . . They
thought themselves the greatest religionists o the world, but their so called orthodoxy led them to
crucify the Lord of glory." Desire of Ages 309.

M.I.: "As it was in the days of Christ, so it is now; the Pharisees do not know their spiritual
destitution. The Righteousness of Christ is to them as a robe unworn, a fountain untouched."
Desire of Ages 280:3.

A.I.: They considered that they had all the truth, and therefore they persecuted and killed others
who differed from them. Luke 21:16.

M.I.: "Some who profess righteousness will, like Judas, betray their Lord into the hands of his
bitterest enemies. These self-confident ones, determined to have their own ideas, will go on from
bad to worse, until they will pursue any course rather than to give up their own will. They will go
on blindly in the way of evil; but like the deluded Pharisees, so self-deceived that they think they
are doing God's service. Christ portrayed the course which a certain class will take, when they
have a chance to develop their true character: 'And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and
brethren, and kinsfolk, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death.'"
Volume 5:690, 691.

"And at that time the superficial, conservative class, whose influence has steadily retarded the
progress of the work, will renounce the faith, and

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take their stand with its avowed enemies, toward whom their sympathies have long been tending.
These apostates will then manifest the most bitter enmity, doing all in their power to oppress and
malign their former brethren, and to excite indignation against them. This day is just before us."
Volume 5:463:2

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A.I.: Ancient Israel became an harlot. Isaiah 1:21

M.I.: Modern Israel has become an harlot. Volume 8:250:2. "How is the faithful city become an
harlot? My Father's house is made a house of merchandise, a place whence the divine presence
and glory have departed. For this cause there is weakness, and strength is lacking."

A.I.: For all this ancient Israel was rejected. God took his Spirit away from them. Their temple
became desolate. Matthew 23:38.

M.I.: Modern Israel had done the same and the Lord says about them, "But the glory of the Lord
had departed from Israel; although many still continued the forms of religion, His power and
presence were lacking." Volume 5:210:2.

Another point of comparison between ancient and modern Israel is that of having a prophet. God
spoke to Israel through a prophet until the people wandered completely away from God. Such a
condition is described in Lam. 2:9. But whenever Israel followed the counsel of God, revealed
through the prophet, they prospered. II Chron. 20:20. For several hundred years before the
generation when Christ was to come, ancient Israel, on account of their sins, had no prophet.
Christ said: "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are
sent until thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth
her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!" Matthew 23:37. When the Lord sent Jeremiah
with a message to Israel, the people said, "Come, and let us smite him with the tongue, and let us
not give heed to any of his words." Jer. 18:18.

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The same will also be true of modern Israel; they also had a prophet as long as God, to some
extent could guide them. But we are told through her, "It may be that ere long all prophesyings
among us will be at an end, and the voice which has stirred the people may no longer disturb
their carnal slumbers." Volume 5:77. And it is now the same with us as it was with ancient
Israel. We have departed so far from God, that there is no prophet who disturbs our carnal
slumber. And as ancient Israel smote Jeremiah in not giving heed to any of his words, so modern
Israel is smiting modern Jeremiah in not giving heed to any of her words. The following
comparison will prove this to some extent.

Modern Israelites believe that they are spiritually "rich and increased with goods." I often hear
them say: "We have all the truth." Mrs. White says that they "do not know their spiritual
destitution. . . The righteousness of Christ is to them as a robe unworn, a fountain untouched."
Desire of Ages 280:3.

They also contend that they have always preached, believed and understood righteousness by
faith, but Mrs. White says: "There is not one in one hundred who understand himself the Bible
truth on this subject (justification by faith), that is so necessary to our present and eternal
welfare." Christ Our Righteousness 106:3. Who is right, Mrs. White or the church?

Written in the year 1900, the following message comes: "Had the purpose of God been carried
out by His people in giving to the world the message of mercy, Christ would, ere this, have come
to the earth, and the saints would have received their welcome into the city of God." Volume
6:450; see also Volume 8:116. Is modern Israel fulfilling God's purpose now? "The fact is, that
God's people who know the truth have failed to do their duty. . ." Volume 9:244:2.
Are the Laodicean people under a delusion and are they being deceived? "The heavenly teacher
inquired: 'What stronger delusion can beguile the mind than the pretense that you are building on
the right foundation, and that God accepts your works, when in reality you are working out many
things according to worldly policy, and are sinning against Jehovah? O, it is a great deception, a
fascinating delusion, that takes possession of minds when men who

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have since known the truth, mistake the form of godliness for the spirit and power thereof; when
they suppose that they are rich, and increased with goods, and in need of nothing, while in reality
they are in need of everything.'" Volume 8:249:3.

Many in modern Israel believe that the General Conference is and constitutes the voice of God,
but Mrs. White says: "Those keepers of the light that is to illuminate the whole world, have lost
their bearings." Testimonies to Ministers 397:1. She also says: "Those who stand in responsible
positions must not feel that their positions of importance makes them men of infallible
judgment." Testimonies to Ministers 347:1. Further she says: "You have no right to manage,
unless you manage in God's order. Are you under control of God? Do you see your responsibility
to Him? That these men should stand in place, to be as the voice of God to the people, as we
once believed the General Conference to be. . . is past. What we want now is a reorganizing. We
want to begin at the foundation and build upon a different principle." Mrs. E. G. White in
General Conference Bulletin, page 25, 1901.

The Servant of the Lord further tells us: "At the center of the work matters are being shaped so
that every other institution is following in the same course. And the General Conference is itself
becoming corrupted with wrong sentiments and principles . . . The holy principles that God has
given are represented as the sacred fire, but common fire has been used in place of the sacred.
Plans contrary to truth and righteousness are introduced in a subtle manner on the plea that this
must be done, and that must be done, 'because it is for the advancement of the cause of God.' But
it is the devising of men that leads to oppression, injustice, and wickedness." Testimonies to
Ministers 359. It is self evident that the voice of God cannot be the voice of oppression, injustice,
and wickedness, for that reason the Lord says: "There will be no material change until a decided
movement is made to bring in a different order of things." Testimonies to Ministers 360:2.

Mrs. White claims that her writings are inspired of God, Volume 5:234:3;661:1, but the leaders
of the organization do not take this very seriously, for they have changed her writings. Once
instance will suffice.

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In Great Controversy, chapter 21, paragraph 21, Mrs. White first published this sentence:
"Furthermore in the eighteenth chapter of the Revelation, in a message which is yet future, the
people of God are called upon to come out of Babylon." But this sentence has been changed and
the seven words (in a message which is yet future) have been taken out. Has any human being
the right to change an inspired book? The rebuke of the Lord is upon those who are hindering
any light from reaching the people. G.W. 304. There is a message which will come to earnest
individuals, and because the leaders rejected this message in 1888, God will give same message
through others, and the leaders are admonished to accept the message and unite with the
messenger. G.W. 304.

Mrs. White says that the Spirit of God is departing from His people: "The Spirit of God is
departing from many of His people. Many have entered into dark, secret paths, and some will
never return." Again, "I know not but some have even now gone too far to return and to repent."
T. M. page 90. Yet modern Israel feels no need, because "Very many are content with a surface
work, taking for granted they have all that is essential." C.O.L Chapter: Hidden Treasure, Par.
22.

Modern Israel claims, "There is no other message." North Pacific Union Gleaner, September 3,
1940. They want God to talk to them through the only official channel, their own leaders. They
limit the work of God. But Mrs. White says: "If God would send a message and wait for these
older brethren to open the way for its advancement, it would never reach the people." G.W.
303:3. I have often heard people say: "We have all the light there is." "There has come in a self-
confidence that has led them to feel no necessity for more truth and greater light." G.W. 300:3.
Mrs. White further states: "We must not for a moment think that there is no more light, no more
truth, to be given us. . . We must not look with suspicion upon any new light that God may
send." G.W. 310:4.

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"The general opinion is that the church is flourishing, and that peace and spiritual prosperity are
in all her borders." Volume 5:217. But on the contrary, Mrs. White says that "our churches are
dying for the want of teaching on the subject of righteousness by faith in Christ, and on kindred
truths." G.W. 301:1.

Some say: "We should not listen to any doctrine and believed by our leaders." In Gospel
Workers, page 301, paragraph 2, Mrs. White writers, "No matter by whom light is sent we
should open our hearts to receive it with the meekness of Christ." Should we believe the church
or should we believe Mrs. White? Should we believe God or man?

Mrs. White is not in harmony with the present order of things, because she says on page 374 of
T.M. that it is not safe to take counsel or man "as the voice of God," and further on page 375 "To
place men where God should be placed does not humor or glorify God. Is the president of the
General Conference to be the god of the people?" Again on page 386 she says: "Beware how you
place men where God should be." The only ones who will be saved are the ones who study the
word of God for themselves. G.C. 625:3. "But if we trust in our own wisdom and strength or in
the wisdom and strength of our fellow men, it will be turned into a poison." T.M. 385. In Vol.
5:369:2, we read, "Let those who would follow Christ fully come up to the work, even if it be
over the heads of ministers and president."

Many church members claim that modern Israel is the last church on earth. Mrs. White claims
that the message she gives is the last message. Vol. 5:206. But how confusing it is that the
message one receives from the church has scarcely any similarity to the message the Spirit of
Prophecy brings. Is it the last church or is it the last message? Spirit of Prophecy says that the
church has not half received the message. E.W. 270:3.

Spirit of Prophecy claims that there is another message to be preached contemporaneously to the
third. Another angel joins the third angel and they work together. But the work will then go
"forward under the direction of 'the fourth angel, and no longer under the direction of the third
angel.'" T.M. 300. It is this change

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in the management of the work -- a change so drastic that people "will not recognize the work of
God when the loud cry of the third angel shall be heard." T.M. 300. It is the fourth angel who is
directing, but "God will use ways and means by which it will be seen that He is taking the reins
in His own hands." T.M. 300. This drastic change in management, a change in ideas, theories,
habits and practices. C.O.R. 154:4 (new edition 121:4).

In another place, Spirit of Prophecy states: "We are not to worship and serve God by the use of
means employed in former years." C.O.R. 140:2. This Change in the management of God's work
on earth will be resisted and opposed by many. "In the manifestation of that power which
lightens the earth with the glory of God (Revelation 18:1), they will see only something which in
their blindness they think dangerous, something which will arouse their fears, and they will brace
themselves to resist it. Because the Lord does not work according to their expectations and ideas,
they will oppose the work. 'Why,' they say, 'should we not know the Spirit of God, when we
have been in the work so many years?' -- 'Because they did not respond to the warnings, the
entreaties of the messages of God, but persistently said, I am rich and increased with goods, and
have need of nothing.'" E.G.White in Review and Herald Extra, December 23, 1890.

There is no proof in all the writings of Spirit of Prophecy or in the Bible, that modern Israel in its
present condition will be God's only true agency here on earth for the proclamation of the true
and complete gospel. I say again there is no such statement. So many in modern Israel claim that
their church is not Babylon. Tell me, dear friend, is Babylon the only place on earth where a
person can be lost? Must a person go to Babylon in order to loose his soul? Were the Jews not
lost right in Jerusalem, staying at home in their own church? We can be lost also staying at home
in Jerusalem or in our own church. Millions of Jews lost their souls doing so, and who are they
that are following their footsteps? Volume 5:76, top of the page. Does Jesus not indicate that
there is a time to stay in Jerusalem, Luke 24:49, and that there is a time to flee from it, Matthew
24:16. Does Jerusalem sometimes mean the

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church? See Ezekiel 9:4; Volume 3:267; Volume 5:211. The great danger for God's people today
is not that of believing the church to be Babylon, but of believing the Pharisees in place of
believing Christ. "As it was in the day of Christ so is it now." Desire of Ages 280:3. The
Pharisees do not know their spiritual destitution. And those Pharisees here spoken of are in the
Laodicean church, (Read Desire of Ages 280 whole page), because the message to the Laodicean
church of Revelation 3:17-18 is quoted. Now the Laodicean church is the church of modern
Israel. Volume 3:252 and E. W. 107, 108. Then the Pharisees spoken of by our Savior in Desire
of Ages 280:3 are Pharisees in modern Israel or the Laodicean church. And what does it say
about these modern Pharisees? "The righteousness of Christ is to them a robe unworn, a fountain
untouched." "A nation's sin and a nation's ruin were due to the religious leaders." Desire of Ages
738:2. We can clearly see from these quotations, that the prophet of God sent to modern Israel
was not accepted by the church any more than one of the prophets God sent to ancient Israel . . .
We should have more as much faith in the spiritual leaders of modern Israel as Christ had in the
spiritual leader of ancient Israel.

When ancient Israel completely rejected the council of God, it became necessary for God to
reject them and choose other people, a remnant to do the work that Israel had failed in doing.
Matthew 21:43.

What happened to ancient Israel will happen to modern Israel. The destruction of Jerusalem is a
type of the destruction of the world, and stands as a solemn warning before the eyes of modern
Israel. Volume 4:167. "Shall the warnings from God be passed by unheeded? Shall the
opportunities for service be unimproved? Shall the world's scorn, the pride of reason, conformity
to human customs and traditions, hold the professed followers of Christ from service to Him?
Will they reject God's word as the Jewish leaders rejected Christ? The result of Israel's sin is
before us. Will the church of today take warning?" C.O.L 311 (new edition 306).

"In the Jewish nation it was the priests and teachers who, by misleading the people, had robbed
God of the service He claimed. It was they who turned the nation away from Christ. . .

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A nation's sin and a nation's ruin were due to the religious leaders." C.O.L. chapter, The Lord's
Vineyard. With modern Israel, the Lord tells us, that the same forces are at work: "We have far
more to fear from within than from without. The hindrances to strength and success are far
greater from the church itself than from the world." C.O.R. page 147 (old edition). "The leaders
of this people cause them to err; and they that are led of them are destroyed." Isaiah 9:16. But
My people love to have it so, see Jer. 5:31.

What can God do to arouse His people from their slumber? Even after ancient Israel had been
rejected of God, Jerusalem and their organization stood for nearly a generation, seemingly
blessed of God, but destruction came, and so it will now come in a similar way to modern Israel.
Years before ancient Israel was completely rejected, Christ began to train His disciples, the men
who were to lead out in a work of thorough reformation. So also now in modern Israel, years
before the final crisis, God will lead out, for we read: "Men of clear understanding are needed
now. God calls upon those who are willing to be controlled by the Holy Spirit to lead out in a
work of thorough reformation." T.M. 514:3.

If the disciples had followed the counsel of their own church leaders of ancient Israel is
following in the footsteps of ancient Israel, would the same action today not bring the same
result?

The work will go forward for we read in Gospel Workers, page 304: "The rebuke of the Lord
will rest upon those who would bar the way, that clearer light shall not come to the people. A
great work is to be done, and God sees that our leading men have need of more light, that they
may unite with the massagers whom He sends to accomplish the work He designs shall be done.
The Lord has raised up messengers, and endued them with His Spirit, and has said, 'Cry aloud,
spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and show My people their transgression, and the house
of Jacob their sins.' (Isaiah 58:1) Let no one run the risk of interposing between the people and
the message of Heaven. This message will go to the people; and if there were no voice among

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men to give it, the very stones would cry out." Souls that are faithful will finish the work. They
did it in ancient Israel and they will do it now. "But the glory of the Lord had departed from
Israel; although many still continued the forms of religion, His power and presence were
lacking." Volume 5:210:2. Organization lasted in Ancient Israel for many years after the Spirit of
God was with drawn from them and so it may now.

The men whom Jesus called to be leaders of the remnant of Ancient Israel were men of the
common walk of life, who had not been trained in the schools of the Pharisees of their day. They
were men of faith and prayer who longed for a closer walk with God. They were men who were
not ashamed to be rejected and ridiculed by their former religious leaders. In like manner also it
will be when God chooses men to be leaders of the remnant of modern Israel. "There are men
who will be taken form the plow, from the vineyard, from various branches of work, and sent
forth to give this message to the world." Volume 7:270:4. "God has never made the flock wholly
dependent upon human instrumentalities. . . In the last solemn work few great men will be
engaged." Volume 5:80.

Chapter III
The Remnant of Israel
When this remnant was first spoken of in the Bible, it was in or among Israel. Isaiah 10:22
(margin). But before probation was closed for ancient Israel as a national church, the remnant
appeared. The same events that caused the remnant to separate from modern Israel:

First: Backslidden condition of the church.

Second: A message from heaven.

Third: The work of the Holy Spirit.

Fourth: Persecution.

First: Ancient Israel was backslidden. Ye "are of your father the devil," Christ said. John 8:44.
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receive their worship. Matthew 15:9.

Modern Israel is backslidden. "There is an astonishing backsliding with God's people." T.M.
450. "The church has turned back from following Christ their leader." Volume 5:217. "To those
who are indifferent at this time Christ's warning is, 'Because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold
nor hot, I will spew thee out of My mouth.' Revelation 3:16. The figure of spewing out of His
mouth means that He cannot offer up your prayers or your expressions of love to God. He cannot
endorse your teachings of His word or your spiritual work in any wise. He cannot present your
religious exercises with the request that grace be given you." Volume 6:408:2.

Second: A message was sent from heaven. As ancient Israel rejected Christ and the message
from heaven so has modern Israel rejected Christ and the message from heaven. "The message to
the church of the Laodiceans is a startling denunciation and is applicable to the people of God at
the present time." Volume 1:252. It has not been heeded, E.W. 270:3. "But when light has come
to those at the center of work, they have not known how to treat it. . . They do not obey God's
voice, because was the Jewish nation, they know not the time of their visitation." T.M. 402
"Since the time of the Minneapolis meeting I have seen the state of the Laodicean church as
never before. . . Like the Jews, many have closed their eyes lest they should see." Review and
Herald August 26, 1890. "Most startling messages will be born of men of God's appointment,
messages of a character to warn the people, to arouse them. . . . Messages will be given out of the
usual order." Volume 9. 317.

Third: The work of the Holy Spirit is to lead people into all the truth. John 16:3. Those who are
willing to be led away from the doctrines and commandments of man (Matthew 15:9) will
receive new truth. Volume 5:729:2.

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They are the remnant, the only ones who will fully receive the Holy Spirit and give the loud cry,
the only ones who will be saved. "If we do not progress, if we do not place ourselves in an
attitude to receive both the former and the latter rain, we shall lose our souls, and the
responsibility will lie at our own door." T.M. 508.

God could not give His Holy Spirit to the Jews to sanction everything done in their midst at the
time of Christ any more, than He can give His Holy Spirit to sanction everything that is done in
our midst today. "Only those who are living up to the light they have, will receive greater light.
Unless we are daily advancing in the exemplification of the active Christian virtues, we shall not
recognize the manifestations of the Holy Spirit in the latter rain. It may be falling on hearts all
around us, but we shall not discern or receive it." T.M. 507:1. From the above we can see that the
condition under which the Holy Spirit will be poured out, will be the same now as on the day of
Pentecost, not only for those who receive it but also for those who do not receive it.

The Holy Spirit was poured out shortly before probation closed, as anciently, so now.

The ones who received the Holy Spirit were not counted as orthodox church members altogether.
So also now.

The ones who did not receive the Holy Spirit considered those who did receive it in disgrace. See
Acts 2:12-13. So it will be now. In E. W. 108:1 we read, "Now, if any one longs after the living
God, hungering and thirsting for righteousness, and God gives them to feel His power, and
satisfies their longing

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souls by shedding abroad His love in their hearts, and if they glorify God by praising Him, they
are, by these professed believers in the soon coming of the Lord, often considered deluded, and
charged with being mesmerized or having some wicked spirit." The ones who did not receive the
Holy Spirit continued to worship as they always had done and were lost. The ones who did
receive it changed their method and center of worship, and had their names written in the book
of life. Luke 10:20.

Fourth: The fourth step in the separation of the remnant from the mother church, Israel, is
persecution. The Jews persecuted and killed Christ and several of the disciples. Modern Israel
will do the same thing. Volume 5:691, 463. But as the remnant of old preached Christ boldly, so
also will the remnant today give the loud cry which is an addition to the third angel's message.
E.W. 277:2. Israel of old started a worldwide work in the name of the Lord, but they never
finished it. The remnant finished it by giving the message in their generation. Col. 1:6, 23. Israel
of today has also started a world-wide work but others, the remnant who preach Christ's
Righteousness, will finish it. "The message of Christ' righteousness is to sound from one end of
the earth to the other to prepare the way of the Lord. This is the glory of God, which closes the
work of the third angel." Volume 6:19:1. The work of separating the chaff from the wheat; the
remnant from Israel and from the world, is very fittingly called the sifting or shaking.

SHAKING, SIFTING OR CLEANSING.

The shaking is caused by a message or a testimony from God. E.W. 270. What was this
testimony in the days of ancient Israel? It was the message of the true and faithful Witness --
Jesus. Some would not receive His message or testimony and rose up against it, and this is what
cause the shaking among ancient Israel. The
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shaking cleansed the church in the sight of God, but to human eyes it just caused a lot of trouble.
It divided the church; it produced a Christian church a remnant began to be visible. The shaking
drove some people out and away from ancient Israel and they became the remnant. They were
shaken out of the church on earth and shaken into the church in heaven. Others were shaken out
of the church in heaven but remained members in good and regular standing in the Jewish church
on earth.

"When God's presence was finally withdrawn from the Jewish nation, priests and people knew it
not. Though under the control of Satan, and swayed by the most horrible and malignant passions,
they still regard themselves as the chosen of God. The ministration in the temple continued;
sacrifices were offered upon its polluted altars, and daily the divine blessing was invoked upon a
people guilty of the blood of God's dear Son, and seeking to slay His ministers and apostles."
G.C. 615:1. The shaking in modern Israel is also caused by a message. E.W. 270. The church
will be cleansed now just like it was in the days of Christ and apostles. Will modern Israel go
that far in following in the footsteps of ancient Israel? It is sad indeed to think that God's people
of today, highly favorite as they are, will fall away from God, and that God's Spirit will depart
from them before probation closes. This is, however, what God says: "Some who had been
dishonoring God, repented and humbled their hearts before him. But the glory of the Lord had
departed from Israel; although many still continued the forms of religion, His power and
presence were lacking." Volume 5:210:2. That this statement refers to a time before probation
closes is evident, because people still are able to repent and come to God. People do not repent
and return to God after probation is closed. God, according to His own word, will reject modern
Israel, Christ is a stumbling stone to both houses of Israel. Isaiah 8:14

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Chapter 4

The Message Of The Remnant


The remnant will proclaim a message that Israel failed in proclaiming. "But Israel, which
followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness. Wherefore?
Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at
that stumbling stone;" Romans 9:31, 32." Even so then at this present time also there is a
remnant according to the election of grace." Romans 11:5. Israel did not obtain righteousness
because she was seeking it the wrong way, "as it were by works of the law," (Romans 9:32) but
the remnant finally will keep the commandments of God. Revelations 12:17. "The remnant of
Israel shall not do iniquity." Zeph. 3:13. What is it that will give the remnant that power to be
victorious? It is righteousness by faith. The Lord tells us that the power of the devil will be
broken if we fully receive righteousness by faith G.W. 161:1. "He has made provision that the
Holy Spirit shall be imparted to every repentant soul to keep him from sinning." D.A. 311. This
is the same message given to the remnant in the days of the Apostles, "For sin shall not have
dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace." Romans 6:14.

We cannot get righteousness by trying to keep the law. The Jews tried it. Modern Israel is trying
it. We must have righteousness first, then the power of the devil is broken, sin will then have no
dominion over us, and the grace of God will keep us from sinning. God says: "He (Christ) makes
an end of the controlling power of sin in the heart." Mrs. E. G. White, in Justification by Faith,
page 10. How does the Lord do that? It is just the very thing that you and I need to have done for
us. "The provision is complete, and the eternal righteousness of Christ is placed to the account of
every believing soul." Justification by Faith, page 8 Mrs. E. G. White. Christ will cover us with
His righteousness, 'and then the power of the devil is broken.' Thanks be unto God.

Here is perhaps the greatest difference between the teachings of modern Israel and that of the
remnant. Israel believes that we will get righteousness after we have gotten the victory over sin,

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but the Lord tells us that we must have righteousness of Christ in order to get the victory over
sin. Both the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy on this point are completely in harmony. See tract
by Mrs. E. G. White, Justification by Faith. The way ancient Israel as well as modern Israel try to
get righteousness is, "as it were by the works of the law," (Romans 9:32), or by their own works
is nothing more than self righteousness, which has its root in heathenism.

"But beware of rejecting that which is truth. The danger with our people has been that of
depending upon men, and making flesh their arm. Those who have not been in the habit of
searching the Bible for themselves, or weighing evidence; have confidence in the leading men,
and accept the decisions they make; and thus many will reject the very message God sends to His
people, if these leading brethren do not accept them.

"No ones should claim that he has all the light there is for God's people. The Lord will not
tolerate this. He has said, 'I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it.' Even if all
our leading men should refuse light and truth, that door will still remain open. The Lord will
raise up men who will give the people the message for this time." T.M. 106-107. "In that day
there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin
and for uncleanness." Zech. 13:1. I am glad today that this door and such a fountain are still
open.

But someone will say, "Will not modern Israel receive the message of Christ's righteousness?"
"In 1888 in the General conference held at Minneapolis, Minn., the angel of Revelation 18 came
down to his work, and was ridiculed, criticized, and rejected, and when the message he brings
again will swell into a loud cry, it will be ridiculed, and spoken against, and rejected by the
majority." E. G. White "In taking up a reproach."

"The Loud Cry (message of Christ's righteousness. C.O.R. p. 72, vol. 6, p 19) will come and pass
and the latter rain will fall and many people know nothing about it." Review and Herald July 21,
1896.

"Unless we are daily advancing in the exemplification of the active Christian virtues, we shall
not recognize the manifestations

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of the Holy Spirit in the latter rain. It may be falling on hearts all around us, but we shall not
discern or receive it." T.M. 507. There has no restoration taken place. T. M. 467:2.

God's people are waiting for a change to take place. "I was shown God's people waiting for some
change to take place -- a compelling power to take hold of them. But they will be disappointed,
for they are wrong." Volume 1:261:1. The fact that the remnant finally will be victorious is plain.
"A remnant shall be saved." Romans 9:27. "And there were sealed a hundred and forty and four
thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel." Revelation 7:4.
"And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed,
which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ." Revelation
12:17.

"I saw that God has honest children among the nominal Adventists and the fallen churches, and
before the plagues shall be poured out, ministers and people will be called out from these
churches, and will gladly receive the truth. Satan knows this; and before the loud cry of the third
angel is given, he raises an excitement in these religious bodies, that those who have rejected the
truth may think that God is with them. He hopes to deceive the honest and lead them to think that
God is still working for the churches. But the light will shine, and all who are honest will leave
the fallen churches, and take their stand with the remnant." E.W. 261:1.

We read in Early Writings, page 44, that God draws a covering over His people. Before ancient
Israel was rejected as a people, the Lord often had to chastise them. "I will correct thee in
measure, and will not leave thee altogether unpunished." Jer. 30:11. Afterwards when they no
longer were God's people they were persecuted, hated, and tormented as no other people on the
face of the whole earth, yet they kept the Sabbath. Likewise, it will also be with modern Israel
after they no longer are God's elect, they will be persecuted, hated, and tormented, just like the
Jews have been. (T.M. 37). And even though they keep the Sabbath, God will not be able to
draw His covering over them to shield them from being persecuted, because the covering that
God draws over His people to protect them, is the righteousness of Christ, which they have
already rejected. Isaiah 61:10.

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"Clad in there armor of Christ's righteousness, the church is to enter upon her final conflict."
P.K. 725:1. But to those who receive the righteousness of Christ, it will be said: "Because thou
hast kept the word of My patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall
come upon all the world to try them that dwell upon the earth." Revelation 3:10.

This same precious truth is illustrated in many different ways. On page 258 in Early Writings,
under the heading, "A Firm Platform," we read: "I was shown three steps, -- the first, second and
third angel's messages." People having accepted those messages are represented as standing on
the third step. They are God's people, but unless they are willing to be led on to higher ground up
on a platform, they still will be lost. "God had led them step by step, until He placed them upon a
solid, immovable platform. Id. 259.

Further on, page 277, paragraph 2, in the same book, it says speaking of the loud cry: "This
message seemed to be an addition to the third message." What is an addition? When you build an
addition to your house, what do you do? Paint the house, or perhaps, change the paper, pictures,
and furniture of the house? You can change a lot inside and outside of the house yet all this
would not be called an addition to the house. If you want an addition, you must begin at the
foundation and build up. This is just what God says we must do: "We want to begin at the
foundation and to build upon a different principle." G.C.B. page 25, 1901, by Mrs. E. G. White.

Chapter 5

WHO ONLY WILL BE SAVED?


"Not one of us will ever receive the seal of God while our characters have one spot or stain upon
them." Volume 5:214:2. "Those who would rather die than perform a wrong act are the only ones
who will be found faithful." Id. 53:2.

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Only Those Who Receive New Light
Will Give The Loud Cry And Be Saved.

"To souls that are earnestly seeking for light, and the accept with gladness every ray of divine
illumination from His holy Word -- to such alone light will be given. It is through these souls
that God will reveal that light and power which will lighten the whole earth with His glory." Id.
729:2.

Only Those Who Receive The Latter


Rain Will Be Saved.

"If we do not progress, if we do not place ourselves in an attitude to receive both the former and
the latter rain, we shall lose our souls, and the responsibility will lie at our own door." T.M. 508.

Only Those Who Study The Word Of


God For Themselves Will Be Saved.

"None but those who have fortified the mind with the truths of the Bible will stand through the
last great conflict." G.C. 593:2. "Only those who have been diligent students of the Scriptures,
and who have received the love of the truth, will be shielded from the powerful delusion that
takes the world captive." Id. 625:3.

"Every one must now search the Bible for himself upon his knees before God, with the humble,
teachable heart of a child, if he would know that God requires of him." Volume 5:214:1.

Only Those Who Are Dissatisfied.

"Those class who do not feel grieved over their own spiritual declension, nor mourn over the sins
of others, will be left without the seal of God." Volume 5:211:1, see also Ezekiel 9:4.

"Eternal life can be granted only to those who become partakers of the divine nature." Volume
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Only Those Who Have Partaken Of The


Sufferings Of The Son Of God.

"Those only who have partaken of the sufferings of the Son of God, and have come up through
great tribulation, and have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb,
can enjoy the indescribable glory and the unsurpassed beauty of Heaven." Volume 1:155:2.

"God calls for a spiritual revival and a spiritual reformation. (Reformation signifies a
reorganization, a change in ideas and theories; habits and practices.) Unless this takes place,
those who are lukewarm will continue to grow more abhorrent to the Lord, until He will refuse
to acknowledge them as His children." C.O.R. 154, (new edition, page 121.)
The Churches Will God From Cold
Formality To Deadness.

"The church is like the unproductive tree which, receiving the dew and the rain and the sunshine,
should have produced an abundance of fruit, but on which the divine Searcher discovers nothing
but leaves. Solemn thought for our churches! Solemn, indeed, for every individual! Marvelous is
the patience and forbearance of God; but 'except thou repent,' it will be exhausted; the churches
and our institutions will go from weakness to weakness, and from cold formality to deadness,
while they are saying, 'I am rich and increased with goods, and have need of nothing.'" Mrs. E.
G. White in R. & H. Extra, December 23, 1890. (Reprint in R. & H. November 7, 1918.)